Queenslanders choose Great Barrier Reef over coal
QUEENSLANDERS believe coal mining should be phased out to save the Great Barrier Reef, with concern over the impact mining is having on one of the world's greatest natural icons.
But with Indian giant Adani moving forward with plans to build Australia's biggest coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin with the government's support, the state's reliance on coal as a commodity does not appear to be ending any time soon.
The Essential Research poll, commissioned by environmental activists 350.org, surveyed more than 1000 Queenslanders and 501 people from outside the state on their views on the reef, mining and impacts to the environment.
The poll, held before the Paris climate change talks, which had a 3 per cent margin of error, found 68 per cent of respondents agreed Australia "needs to restrict coal mining because of the impact that it is having on our natural environment and biodiversity" and 67 per cent agreed it needed to be restricted because of the impact on farming land and water.
A further 63 per cent agreed coal mining needed to be phased out because of global warming concerns and the impact that was having on the reef, while 65 per cent of respondents agreed the coal industry's negatives outweighed any positives.